Nigeria’s Ambassador to the United States, Prof Ade Adefuye suggested recently that the United States willingly refused to assist Nigeria with technology to fight Boko Haram. Adefuye told members of the Council on Foreign Relations on Monday that “The Nigerian leadership… are not satisfied with the scope, nature and content of the United States’ support for us in our struggle against terrorists,”. He added further that “We find it difficult to understand how and why in spite of the US presence in Nigeria with their sophisticated military technology Boko Haram should be expanding and becoming more deadly,”
The Independent National Electoral Commission has suspended its plan to establish additional 30,000 Polling Units after the proposal triggered controversy over the distribution between the north and south.
The electoral body had announced over 21,000 extra polling units for all the states in northern Nigeria, and a little above 8,000 for all states in the south, saying the decision was based on the number of registered voters in the two regional blocs.
The Boko Haram on Monday expanded the territory it controls in Adamawa when it captured the town of Maiha, residents have told PREMIUM TIMES.
Maiha is about 25 kilometres from Mubi, the commercial town captured by the insurgents in Adamawa last week. Maiha is also about 200km from Yola, the state capital.
Even before the town fell to the insurgents, it was already a shadow of itself as commercial and social activities were paralyzed. People were already leaving the town due to its proximity to Mubi.
No fewer than 32 people have been ambushed and killed in Arikya-Soni , Nasarawa State by persons suspected to be Fulani herdsmen.
It was gathered that the victims were returning from their farms on Saturday evening when the herdmen struck .
The PUNCH learnt from a source who did not want his name in print that the “32 dead people were given a mass burial at Umme .”
The Nigerian military has stepped up the effort to battle back the terrorist sect Boko Haram from the region they occupy.
However, Boko Haram have intensified their attacks on local communities and villages according to local sources.
Unknown gunmen on Saturday morning assassinated Abdullahi Mairuwa, the head driver to Nasarawa State Governor, Umaru Al-Makura.
The late Mr. Mairuwa, who was in charge of all drivers attached to Government House, Lafia, was travelling to his home town in Keana local government area of the state in the company of his wife, Salamatu, when he was assassinated close to Tudun Adabu along the Obi-Keana-Awe road around 8.30 a.m. Saturday.